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Martha Gallagher and her "Orphan Harp" at NCPR.  Photo:  Todd Moe
Martha Gallagher and her "Orphan Harp" at NCPR. Photo: Todd Moe

Adk Harper Martha Gallagher plays, talks about her "Orphan Harp"

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Martha Gallagher returns to NCPR to play some tunes and talk with Todd Moe about her new "Orphan Harp," which was made by Dusty Strings in Seattle. The instrument is made of various types of wood, including maple, walnut and bubinga. This extended interview includes extra content not heard in the broadcast feature.

While on tour in the Pacific Northwest almost two years ago, during a visit to the Dusty Strings harp and hammered dulcimer factory, Martha was inspired when she learned of all the "orphaned" wood left behind during the drafting and crafting process. She suggested they make use of the cast off and uglier pieces and craft them into an "orphan" harp.

It took almost a year and half from her visit for workers at the factory to convince craftsmen to attempt such an unconventional construction, but Martha couldn't be happier with the resulting instrument.

Sitting in the studio with Todd Moe this morning, she played some of her original pieces on the orphan harp. Listen to the audio to hear the repurposed wood and strings in action.

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Todd Moe
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